Alicia Keys recently took a stand against HIV and its stigma by announcing her plans to get tested on National HIV Testing Day. Now she’s taking a stand against extreme poverty — and she wants you to join her!
The singer Tweeted:
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) July 11, 2013
The Global Citizen Festival 2013 is taking place on September 28 in Central Park in NYC, and we’re hoping it will be even bigger and more awesome than its debut last year. The festival will have live music from Alicia, Kings of Leon, John Mayer and Stevie Wonder, but it’s also about activism. The main goal is to end extreme poverty, and the objective has been split up into different areas of focus: education, health, women’s equality and global partnerships. You see, if someone is educated, for example, they’re more likely to be able to take care of their finances and their health, and this pulls them out of poverty. This is especially true for women, because in many places women are denied the opportunities to become educated and self-sustaining.
You can win tix by taking action. For instance, if you’re passionate in the area of women’s equality, you can get points by pledging to support family planning. When a woman has control over her body, it empowers her. If you want to take the education route, you can get points by signing the “Stand with Malala” petition. Of course, you don’t have to pick just one area to support — you can get involved with all the categories! We might live in different countries, but when it comes down to it, we’re all citizens of the earth. And that’s something that has Alicia singing!
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